The immigration route via the Tier 1 visa enables exceptionally talented individuals in the fields of science, humanities, engineering, medicine, arts and the digital technology from outside the EU to live and work in the UK.
The field of digital technology has recently been added as a qualifying field, opening up this exciting immigration route to experts in the booming technology sector. In order to qualify for this visa route you will first need to be endorsed as a leader or emerging leader in your field by a specified competent body in your field.
What are the advantages of this immigration route?
- You will be able switch to this visa – if you are already in the UK – if you are currently on a Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 5 (Temporary worker, Government Authorised Exchange, or an exchange scheme for sponsored researchers). Time spent in one of these ‘permanent’ categories will also count towards your qualification period for settlement in the UK, so you won’t lose out by switching.
- The fees for this type of visa are paid for in two stages. The first application fee is paid when you are applying for endorsement from the competent body. Only if you get the endorsement and subsequently apply for the visa will you have to pay the second application fee. This in effect helps to keep the costs down for applicants and minimises the risk of losing an entire application fee (in the case of an unsuccessful application).
- There are no start-up funding fees involved, as required by some other Tier 1 visas, such as the Tier 1 Entrepreneur/Investor visas.
- There are no work restrictions on this type of visa, and the holder can be employed, self-employed, or even combine the two. The holder will, however, not be allowed to take up employment as a doctor or dentist in training or as a professional sportsperson or sports coach.
- Your dependants – spouse/civil partner or unmarried partner and dependant children will be able to join you in the UK without much complication. They will be granted the same period of leave as the main applicant, and will also be able to work without any restrictions in the UK.
- You are able to extend your visa for up to five years, which will then take you to the qualification period for settlement in the UK (by qualifying for indefinite leave to remain in the UK). The visa extension requirements are also very attainable throughout.
If you believe you might qualify under this exciting immigration route, or require more information, don’t hesitate – call us today to discuss your unique circumstances.
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